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Are We Shopping Our Way To Powerlessness?

Are We Shopping Our Way To Powerlessness?

In the last decade, American consumers have become increasingly concerned with the ethical ramifications of their purchasing decisions and business has responded with a near universal dedication to so-called "Corporate Social Responsibility." The age of ethical buying and selling has most certainly dawned, but will market trends alone be enough to stem the tide of global warming or make free trade? Two recent books on the subject say no.

November 17, 2007

Smithsonian Arctic Exhibit Tainted by "Scientific Uncertainty"

Smithsonian Arctic Exhibit Tainted by "Scientific Uncertainty"

Scientifically correct clouds are roiling in the atmosphere of the Smithsonian Institute. The institute’s much vaunted 2006 exhibit on warming in the Arctic was shown recently to have been altered toward a global warming-not-yet-proven view at the last hour by the Smithsonian’s director, Cristian Samper.

November 16, 2007

Non-Toxic Nail Salons

Non-Toxic Nail Salons

Until recently, consumers had difficulty finding nail salons that did not use toxic cosmetics.  Consumers could ask for less toxic products, but the fumes and smells from products were irritating to consumers and dangerous to workers.  Thus, an alternative has emerged: the ‘green’ nail salon.

November 13, 2007

Al Gore To Promote Clean Tech Start-Ups

Al Gore To Promote Clean Tech Start-Ups

Al Gore is apparently not running for president.  Instead, he has become a venture capitalist as a new partner in Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield, and Byers.  Gore will focus on finding start-ups within the alternative energy source industry, also known as clean tech companies.  For investors, Gore’s position only highlights a growing trend: encouraging green businesses that will pay big in the future.

November 13, 2007

Xerox Has Saved 2 Billion Pounds of E-Waste Since 1991

Xerox Has Saved 2 Billion Pounds of E-Waste Since 1991

Xerox recently reached a milestone in its 16-year old campaign to reduce the waste created by its products. An ink and toner cartridge recycling program started in 1991 has now saved 2 billion pounds of electronic waste from reaching landfills worldwide.

November 12, 2007

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